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Organic Fertilizer: Add Worm Castings to Your Spring Garden

Getting your garden ready for the spring is very important, especially when it comes to organic fertilizer. Fertilizing the soil before planting provides crucial nutrients to help the vegetation grow strong. Composting worms produce a dark organic fertilizer that gardeners and farmers treasure. The fertilizer is called “worm castings.” When preparing the garden for spring planting, you’ll need to build up soil fertility and begin to loosen the soil as well. These instructions are going to teach you how to efficiently and effectively dig worm castings into your garden. It is recommended to start doing this a few weeks before it is time to plant.

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Screen Compost for Better-Quality Organic Fertilizer from Worms

An easy way to separate your composting worms from the organic fertilizer is to screen compost. Putting the finished compost through a screen also makes higher-quality compost, because it’s fluffier and free of stickers, pits, sticks, and debris. Where do you get a screen? Can you make it yourself, or buy it? How do you screen compost?

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Get Your Worm Bin Ready for Spring Composting!

The weather has slowly been getting warmer, which means it’s the perfect time to prepare for productive composting with worms. You have to start by checking on your worm bin and see what the winter elements did to its condition. You’ll have to take the proper steps to bring it back to productivity. There is no doubt that your worm bin will have organic fertilizer you can collect and use in your garden. You may need to order some new worms or supplies. Check Your Worm Bin Ensure not to disturb your outdoor worm bin during freezing weather and low temperatures; it could damage your colony. Find out when the “last frost date” is in your area on Google.

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Compost From Worms Makes Perfect Starts for Your Garden

Giving your vegetable garden extra advantages helps ensure success. Certain plants thrive if you give them a head start before planting them in your garden. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and lettuce are examples of plants that can benefit from starting indoors. Did you know that using compost from worms in your starts helps them grow? Composting worms break down organic materials and produce valuable organic fertilizer. More about that later. Let’s start with the seeds. Where to Get Seeds Scope out the health food store and garden supply store for seeds. You will also find plenty of seeds online. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has a selection of heirloom seeds. Generally, smaller seeds are easier to start. Think tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, etc. Root vegetables are more difficult to start.

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Bedding Materials for Worm Composting Bins

Composting with worms requires a worm bin and bedding. The bedding is placed into the worm bin, so the worms have a comfortable place to live. The worms will also gradually eat the bedding, in addition to food scraps you feed them. Which materials can you use for worm bedding? You may find that combining two or three types of materials makes the best worm bin bedding. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has pre-made worm bedding that you can buy. You can buy coconut coir and add your own worm bedding from materials found in your home. The good news is that there are multiple different beddings to choose from.

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Vermicomposting, Hot, or Cold Composting?

Are there differences between vermicomposting, hot composting, and cold composting? Let’s talk about three different types of composting. All these styles of composting break down waste organic matter into natural fertilizer. What are the benefits of each? When is it best to use vermicomposting – composting with worms – versus hot or cold composting?

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How Do You Compost with Worms in the Cold Weather?

Can you compost with worms even in cold weather? If you live in an area with temperatures below 57 degrees during the winter, you can still compost with worms. However, you need to decide how to operate your composting bin. Worms are made mostly of water, so exposure to below-freezing temperatures will kill them. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm recommends you choose one of the following options:

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Six Tips for Gardening in Dry Weather

Even short periods of hot, dry weather in the summer can stress plants. When it is hot out, water evaporates quickly from the soil, and if you’re not getting rain, you’ll need to water properly. Here are six tips to keep your plants healthy in dry weather. Keep Soil Moist with Mulch Mulch minimizes evaporation from the soil, so the water stays where you want it—at the roots of the plant. Mulch provides a bonus for your garden: it keeps down the weeds. Mulch can be made of bark, wood, chopped leaves or compost.

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Why You Should Plant Perennials Throughout Summer

Gardeners in areas with cold winters can’t wait until spring—that’s time for planting. But surprise! That’s not the only time you can plant. You can continue planting perennials throughout the summer—and you should! Perennials are plants that come back each year. They’re great for your garden because you don’t have to buy them every year like you do for annuals. So why not just buy some perennials in spring and be done? Here are six reasons to keep shopping for perennials throughout the growing season: You won’t miss out on variety. If you shop only in spring, you may buy perennials that catch your eye because they’re already flowering. When you plant them, you’ll have a lovely spring garden, but what happens when your irises and roses are done blooming? If you shop every few weeks, you’ll see what’s blooming then. Buy something each time you stop in and you can make sure you have blooms in your garden throughout the entire growing season. You can spread out the work. So many gardeners mistake the start of their growing season for a deadline. They think they have to buy all of their plants at one time and install them all in one exhausting weekend. Give yourself a break and do the work little by little.  You can correct mistakes. If some of your plants didn’t get as tall as you expected they would, you can choose an even taller plant to add height to your garden. Or if a perennial …

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7 Ways to Speed Up the Composting Process

Composting is a great way to turn organic waste into valuable fertilizer for your garden. Just save kitchen scraps, such as carrot peelings and cabbage cores, and put them in a composting bin. Composting is usually done outdoors, but if you compost with worms, you can compost outdoors or indoors. If you want to start using the finished compost to fertilize your garden soon, you need to speed up the composting process. Here are 7 ways to speed up the decomposition and make fertilizer faster.

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